Enstrom, Ladd out versus Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. – The injury bug bite the Thrashers again Sunday – hard.

All-Star defenseman Tobias Enstrom and captain Andrew Ladd missed the game against Tampa Bay after suffering injuries Saturday.

For Enstrom, his franchise record for consecutive games played ends at 296. He has not missed a game since making his NHL debut to start the 2007-08 season. Enstrom surpassed the mark set by Slava Kozlov earlier this season.

Enstrom injured a hand blocking a shot in Saturday’s shootout loss to the New York Rangers. He will be re-evaluated Monday in Atlanta. His status for Sunday’s All-Star Game is unclear.

With Enstrom out, Zach Bogosian returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past three games. He was paired with Ron Hainsey. Johnny Oduya moved up to play with Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel and Freddy Meyer completed the defensive pairings.

Ladd missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury. The extent of his injury is unclear.

With Ladd out, and Evander Kane missing his third straight game with a mid-body injury, Fredrik Modin was activated from the injured list. Modin has missed the past six games with a mid-body injury. He took Ladd’s spot on the left wing on a line with Rich Peverley and Niclas Bergfors.

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Smoothie

January 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Surprised it isn’t Ladd with the injured hand…woulda figured he broke it on Girardi’s face!

.45

January 23rd, 2011
5:51 pm

Cormier did a great job goading Downie into a penalty. Dawes looks like he wants to be here this time around. We need some O-fence.

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution Analysis: Enstrom injured his hand on Saturday while blocking a shot, while Ladd is out with a lower-body injury. Enstrom’s injury meant that Zach Bogosian returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch. Enstrom’s status for the All-Star Game is not known, as he will be re-evaluated on Monday. [...]

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smelly socks

January 23rd, 2011
6:24 pm

Rick Dudley,
Call your office.

.45

January 23rd, 2011
6:38 pm

Good job Bogosian opening up the flood gates to help Tampa start their rout.

kovyoverrated

January 23rd, 2011
6:40 pm

Insert fork. The birds are DONE.

Rick Dudley

January 23rd, 2011
6:41 pm

I am gonna wait and see before I make a roster move. It should be 36-0 by the time the third period gets under way before I decide that the current roster isn’t all that good.

Barry

January 23rd, 2011
6:42 pm

So who top in the draft because that’s where this team is headed. Either certain players need to be traded or a coaching change is in order.

Lew39

January 23rd, 2011
6:51 pm

End of the second and it is 5-0 Lightning. Granted this is a young some what talented team but what will it take for them to learn they have to come out ready to play after each intermission.

When we were winning we were hustling and the hustle caused the puck to bounce our way, we were forechecking (playing the boards on the forecheck); and playing hard on the the backcheck doing whatever it took to block shots; playing with confidence and had a jump in our play). it seemed we started believing our press clippings, laid back a little and the rest is history. For the past four weeks we have been trying to find the confidence and jump; it’s gone.

In our home game with Tampa this week we scored first. We came out playing hard, forechecking and back checking. We scored and stopped skating; again the rest is history. We did almost the same thing against the Rangers. What will it take for this group to learn they have to play 60 full minutes if they want to win. We are not a “overly” talented team so what we don’t have in talent we must make it up with a tireless “no quit” effort. We have certainly proved we can win if we hustle.

The real question, do we want it; do we want really want to make the play-offs?? it is a question this team can answer and only time and weffort will tell. I hope we come out with some pride in the 3rd.

East Point Bob

January 23rd, 2011
7:20 pm

I have given up on this season for sure, this is awful, there will be NO playoffs again this season,
as usual, sell the team, move and hope the AHL comes in and at least, we could have a decent AHL team. The Thrashers are done this season and for good, and I hate to say, But the NHL is now done in Atlanta.

Michael B. Shapiro

January 23rd, 2011
7:42 pm

Don’t think it’s too late to announce abandon ship. Yikes 7-1. Sigh. So much for a season that started out looking better than most over the last 11 years.

Marcus Valdes

January 23rd, 2011
7:47 pm

I know there are a lot of injuries, but I’m getting depressed about this team.

Rick Dudley

January 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

C’mon fans, my AHL’ers are good. At least I’m not Waddell, I tried to bring in some decent players..even though Buflkfgllinghglin will be on the first plane out of here when he hits free agency. We’ll still have Anthony “I don’t even bump into people” Stewart..and SLOW-din ! Modin !!11

Marcus Valdes

January 23rd, 2011
8:02 pm

Anybody notice how may times Sopel’s line was out tonight when Tampa scored. Answer: A bunch!

SEC Fact Finder

January 23rd, 2011
8:19 pm

After attending tonights game and having front row seats, I can attest the Thrashers played a very hard first period, attacked the Lightning and had more shots on goals. The second period was horrible, as I was sitting down the Lightning scored on a short handed goals and moments later scored another one. The second period the Thrashers should have laid the physical wood to the Lightning but were outskated, outplayed and manhandled.

There were numerous opportunity to take the Lightning out of their game with a few strong messages sent to their defensive men but the Thrashers never took control of the tempo or the physical game.

7 goals was just horrible, but I am more concerned with the attacking and the phsyical side of play.

Jimbo

January 23rd, 2011
8:32 pm

Put that fork in- the birds are well done. DOA

Not Blind

January 23rd, 2011
8:55 pm

There are a lot of bullies and mean people playing in the NHL. All the nice guys play for Atlanta. Nice guys finish last in hockey. Can a whole team win the Lady Byng trophy ?

IlliniDawg

January 23rd, 2011
9:18 pm

Remind us again of why the hell we have a hockey team in Atlanta?

Iron League 13

January 23rd, 2011
9:24 pm

I hate to say it, but I agree with the DOA thing at this point, especially if there’s no good movement by the trade deadline. Hate to pull a Sage moment, but I called this team too shallow before the season started and well, nuff said. But the worst part is how screwed (damned) we are with ASG, period. Regardless of that FACT…

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!

Iron League 13

January 23rd, 2011
9:26 pm

IllDawg, remind how you type with those hamhocks for meathooks and all that chaw dripping all over your hooked on phonics aide.

Iron League 13

January 23rd, 2011
9:28 pm

Actually Atlanta having hockey makes about a million times more sense than you havig access to something as advanced as a cpu.

kovyoverrated

January 23rd, 2011
9:46 pm

“Chances that Atlanta will EVER have a team in the NHL playoffs again”
‘DING’
“What is NEVER, Alex”

Brendan

January 23rd, 2011
11:47 pm

Ya know, this afternoon’s game only counts as one (1) loss in the standings, right? What has to happen, is a 6-1-3 stretch of games. Been saying that for a while now, without the streak actually happening. Certainly, we’ve had injuries. Every team has injuries. Injuries cannot be an excuse. Excuses grow on trees. They’re everywhere, and easy to find.

We’ve played well against the Capitals this year. If we get a win, we could still be in playoff position, heading into the All-Star break. For the record, I’m not one to do ’sugarcoating.’ That’s not my thing. I’m well aware this team is 1-4-3 in their last few games, with the lone win being the ‘theft’ in South Florida, where the team was 2-minutes away from a 2-0 shutout loss against the Cats. We ’stole’ that game in the shootout. It’s been a lackluster 15 games or so. We don’t have Mason as the backup, so Pavelec is being played over and over again. Even having Mason as the back ins’t that great. It is what it is.

Are the possibility of playoffs over? Heck no. But this kind of play, if it continues, will put us into the lottery draft rather than the playoffs. We just can’t have these prolonged unproductive stretches of season. It’s not October. It’s not November. And Christmas was about 4 weeks ago. If there hasn’t been a recent ‘closed door meeting,’ it’s high time for one.

tommy2tone

January 24th, 2011
12:06 am

So sick of “battle through it”!

Fyodor Dostoevsky

January 24th, 2011
5:02 am

Concerning the densely falling demise of the Thrashers, they are fading horribly before our cold eyes. This team has fallen back into a typical lifeless Thrasher “team” with no heart, no passion, no pride and no help coming on the horizon unless you are an invalid and feel a draft pick for next year can have an impact immediately which is impossible ; let alone holding close some distant hope and believing in players like Stapelton and Dawes who are not NHL caliber. No hitting, no scoring, the D is stagnant. Too many soft players and little veteran leadership, we are once again fragile as ice on a trodden path. Bogosian started the slaughter giving the Lightning momentum with their short handed goal, gift wrapped by Bogo. The longer the wait to get a spark, the more this team will unravel like petals embittered by the breeze.

Rob

January 24th, 2011
6:18 am

Go get scoring talent with the $17mil in cap space this team has. The lightning and flyers have 4+ players on pace for 30 goals, the thrashers have none. Ladd and Dustin are slightly behind that pace.

Flames

January 24th, 2011
8:12 am

The team needs to make a final stand Wednesday night against the Capitals. An us against the world type of attitude. We need some sort of a spark. A trade maybe or someone just needs to take this team on their shoulders and start playing inspired hockey. Last night game was embarrassing! We need the All-Star break to get here so we can get some people healthy.

Eileen

January 24th, 2011
8:22 am

Our team is depleted with injuries. Pavs should not have played that game. Simon Gagne said “we took advantage of their schedule”. We need healthy players along with some line up changes. Dudley needs to get to work.

Hotrod

January 24th, 2011
8:35 am

I think we are due for a “Peverly type” of aquisition right about now.

schmeckdawg

January 24th, 2011
9:13 am

The Thrashers are absolutely pathetic. One playoff apearance in what 10 years and was swept in that series by a team we had owned that entire year. I wish they would leave town!

TrueBlue

January 24th, 2011
9:17 am

Eileen…Why shouldn’t Pavelec have played last night? Since when can’t a #1 goalie play back to back games? If he can’t consistently, then we have a major issue. The entire team looked like crap. It was embarrassing to watch.

Eileen

January 24th, 2011
9:21 am

True Blue, I said that based on overnight travel, an intense game the night before and a 5:00 start, Ramsay would have normally gone with Mason. Also, Ramsay commented that Pavs was upset after the game Saturday night. Yes it can handle it, but perhaps a rested goalie would have been preferable. I have all of the faith in the world in Pavalec.

Eileen

January 24th, 2011
9:24 am

Oops, he, not “it” can handle it. Just an opinion-nothing more.

Fan from Carolina

January 24th, 2011
9:37 am

I agree Eileen. Pavelec was due to be ‘off’ and burned out. I think the announcers said he played in 34 of the past 38 games. Too much, especially after an OT game and a 5 o’clock game the next afternoon! That second goal by Tyrell (4th liner) was indicative of a tired goalie. That was an easy save on most nights for him. This game was simply ‘too many injuries’. No one left to match Stamkos, St Louis, Lecavalier, Gagne, good heavens look at that line-up even with Malone out of action.

TrueBlue

January 24th, 2011
9:41 am

I actually wasn’t trying to “question” you, but your comment triggered something in my memory. I want to say that this was the first time EVER that Pavelec has started a back to back game…I believe DE or MM said that…That’s crazy!

Cornbread

January 24th, 2011
10:45 am

The Lightning only have 3 players with 10 or more goals, even after yesterday’s goal feast. Two of their players will definitely get more than 30 – the others not so much. The Thrashers have 7 players with 10 or more goals 5 of them could conceivably hit that 30 goal mark but 25 is more likely. You can add 2 more to that mark. I’d be thrilled to see 7 players get 25. That is offensive depth! The Thrashers don’t need a 30 goal scorer as much as they need a couple of veteran guys to help this team get the goals they are capable of getting.

Cornbread

January 24th, 2011
10:56 am

Eileen, I think Pavs should have started that game last night. The game I think a healthy Mason should have started was the night before against the Rangers. I get your point. Either way he should not have played both of those back to backers. The first two goals he stops on most nights – the second definitely.

This is what injuries and fatigue do folks. It makes teams look like “crap”. I could tell in the first period it wasn’t going to be a good outcome unless they got lucky. Not to be.

The good thing is that this is likely the low point of the season. The Thrashers have played fairly well with all their lineup changes and call ups. That is the depth that many have spoke of. But, they are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Last night it finally caught up to them.

Fan from Carolina

January 24th, 2011
11:07 am

Cornbread, remember that both Lecavalier and Gagne missed significant amounts of games with injuries this year, not just a few games, but months worth. Same with even a player like Downie who missed weeks. He might even have 10. If big Buff missed a lot of games his numbers would be way down too but that wouldn’t make him less of a force.

j nes

January 24th, 2011
11:47 am

just curious–at this point does anyone want to see the Thrashers hang on to the 8th spot knowing what would likely happen (repeat of last playoff appearance). I want to root for this team, but they are not making it easy.

Cornbread

January 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

FfC – I agree but that still does not put them on pace for 30 goals like Rob was suggesting.

Quicherbichin

January 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

everyone saying that the Thrashers need to leave town needs to leave town first, then the ASG needs to sell the team to someone willing to spend some money. I know.. Not likely to happen..

Cornbread

January 24th, 2011
12:02 pm

8th spot? Of course! Anything can happen in the play-offs, just ask Philly (7) and the Habs (8) last year.

Brendan

January 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

J Nes, I think it’s important for this team to make strides of progression. Right now, as I’ve said before, the goal for the 2011 season is ‘to win one (1) playoff game.’ That’s it. Just win one. Then, build the expectation for a return to the playoffs … and maybe push the series to seven games or win a series.

Missing the playoffs, at # 9 or #10, would be the WORST for this team. Why? (1) Didn’t make the playoffs and (3) didn’t put itself in a power position in the draft to acquire another major piece. This is the danger of having ownership with an implied goal of being the 15th-best team in the NHL. And what a goal to have??? Imagine, waking up in the morning, stretching, and screaming, “Today, I’m going to try to be as AVERAGE as I can!”

BMF

January 24th, 2011
2:23 pm

This team is wearing out my patience. I think I heard Kamal say that we have had exactly one regulation win in the past 18 games. One! Hope the 2nd period was a good reminder about why Bogo has been in the pressbox as of late. Pavelec needs a break but we can’t give it to him, we need him out there just to give us a chance. Management really blew the chance to fortify this team about a month ago. We should have decided about a month ago that yes, this team is for real, and add some reinforcements. We had great momentum around that time, and perhaps upping the payroll and add some missing pieces would have been an easier sell, but now? Probably not so much. We sat on our hands and lost any/all momentum we had built, injuries cropped up, and we’ve been really exposed. We’re sitting on 17M in cap space. We can’t carry that into next season. Use it or lose it. Not saying we should spend that money for the sake of spending it, but 17M is a lot of money, and there are guys out there that can be had. There are teams begging other teams to take talented players (and their high salaries) off their hands, and we should oblige one or two of them. This team is in a downward spiral right now. That’s 4 really horrible losses among recent games (TOR, PHI, DAL, TAM) by a combind 50-4 score or something like that.

Can we come out next game and get a regulation W? I’ve forgotten what it feels like. 2 pts for us, none for the other guys, I think that’s how that works….

Smoothie

January 24th, 2011
3:06 pm

BMF – I think it was 27 – 7 but point taken! :) I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly. The time to act was over a month ago to help convince Ladd & Buff you’re serious about building a winner. Instead, we have old man Modin and Timmy “Mighty Mouse” Stapleton. There’s still time to poach from an Ottawa or perhaps even Edmonton before the prices go way up. But I’m afraid we’ll stand pat, hope to get healthy and then wind up in 10th like I guessed all along.

Fan from Carolina

January 24th, 2011
4:08 pm

BMF, excellent point about wasted cap space. The Thrashers could have high caliber players such as the Canes’ Staal and Cole for that money, even Tampa Bay’s Malone and St Louis I believe (not sure how close I am). Imagine a top Atlanta line with either of those pairs in Thrashers uniforms. What a solid club! Stanley Cup, here come the Thrashers! That is a lot of money to be sitting on. Doesn’t make much sense, does it.

Jimbo

January 24th, 2011
4:47 pm

Someone posted a good question- Can a whole team win the Lady Bing? That’s a big part of the problem, we don’t seem to get pi–ed if others push us around. We’ve got good size and a couple of supposedly tough guy in Bouton. But other than the bonehead plays of Eager, nobody seems to be willing to “drop em”. We do have a team vying for the Lady Bing. Someone has to tell them that it’s an individual award.

S O F T

January 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

Jimbo, it has been an issue for a long time now. It’s always Boulton and no one else. Thor only gets mad when it affects him directly, most players on this team will stand there and do nothing unless they have to. Remember the brawl? Stewart watched the hunchback of Boston sucker punch Meyer and he didn’t do anything..Stewart wouldn’t be expected to beat up Lucic..but jesus..do SOMETHING. When Kane got destroyed by Sean O’Donnell..Antropov who is the size of a building just looked at OD and then went right to the bench. It boggles my mind..Eager went overboard but he at least made Armstrong pay for his actions before he left, everyone else on this team would buy Army dinner even after he elbows our players and tries to decapitate people with “clean” hits. I was hoping Cormier would bring a mean-streak..but apparently it’s a team concept, Boulton is the designated fighter, everyone else either plays soft or is told to, I don’t know anymore. Thor does nothing. He’s supposed to bang and challenge people..our D is extremely soft. I haven’t seen Hainesy hit anyone in years. Even the promo’s “a brutally good time” is a lie. They show hitting. We don’t do that most nights. This team should be gritty..but they aren’t. They’re fragile.

TrueBlue

January 25th, 2011
8:42 am

I question all of these front office peoples love affair with Cormier. He has done NOTHING to impress me. Not a thing. He could have gone at it with Downie the other night, and he didn’t. He has made more errors then good. Why exactly is this kid so highly regarded? Please don’t respond to this by saying “he has only played “X” amount of professional games in the past year”….Well, then he should be in the AHL and not in an NHL sweater. If he wasn’t ready, he shouldn’t have been brought up. I just question this choice.